Music and Business Internship Class and Competition

Start-up Education through Business Internship and Competitions


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In perhaps a first of its kind, this entrepreneurship internship class is a collaboration between the entrepreneurship major in the Fowler College of Business, and the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. The goal of the course is to replace a traditional onsite internship experience with a interdisciplinary, semester-long course that incorporates learnings from both the Management Department and the Music Department at San Diego State University (Michael Sloan, MGT 401, Dr. Eric Starr, MUS 530). Semester-based research and learning culminates into students competing to develop a music-oriented startup business plan at the end of the semester.

This experiential approach creates cross-disciplinary student teams from two colleges working on a potential music business startup. Students from the music and business programs form collaborative teams as an innovative approach to bring music, technology and business together to accelerate the development of industry-changing start-ups. The student teams will develop and pitch a business plan at the end of the semester for the development of either a new recording studio or the creation of live music events.

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is supporting the first ever Startup Music Competition. If these potential startups merit additional support, they will be encouraged to apply to the ZIP Launchpad Incubator at SDSU.

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Overview and Guidelines

Date:  December 3, 2020       Time: 4pm – 6pm

Location:  Zoom


  • Ten minutes to pitch the plan
  • Five minutes to present music
  • Five minutes Q & A from judges

Fall 2020 Teams:

Calibrated Records
Michael Brown
Music, Entrepreneurship and Business
Javier Piñon
Recording Technology and Audio Design
Christian Farhat
Business Entrepreneurship
Mirei Kubota
Business Entrepreneurship
Blue Granite Records
Bereket Kearns
Recording Technology and Audio Design
Dominic Calgaro
Music, Entrepreneurship and Business
Anthony Monisteri
Michael Abraham
Morphia Records
Matthew Wallace
Music, Entrepreneurship and Business
Tyler Hazard
Business Entrepreneurship
Miles Crawford
Recording Technology and Audio Design
Matthew Jaffe
Business Entrepreneurship
Serum Records
Maria Kusior
Music, Entrepreneurship and Business
Jack Gordon
Recording Technology and Audio Design
Noah Snelgrove
Business Entrepreneurship
Jodin Monzon
Business Entrepreneurship


Serum is the $500 competition winner for the Fall competition, 2020